Amiga (WinUAE) – How to install lha and Installer


For this step by step example we’ll install lha and Installer scripts programs using WinUAE. lha is program to extract lha archive, and Installer is a script required for installing many other software on Amiga Harddrive. The Amiga system configuration used is the following: A600 2 Mb RAM 2 Hard disks (1 hardfile and one PC folder mapped as hard disk) Workbench > 2.0x installed (Follow this guide for how-to) Programs: (download it from Installer (download from

How to install lha and Installer

Create an empty folder, name it as you like (“Storage” we say), and put and Installer program (in this example I used Installer-43_3.lha) In WinUAE, under sections

CD & Hard drives click on “Add directory or archive” button and select the created folder. Do like the image below hardfile_end Now run WinUAE and wait for the Workbench start screen. Once the Workbench is loaded, click on DH0 (System drive) and click the Shell icon.

Tip: Shell icon is just a shortcut to System/CLI

Now go into DH1 and type

Storage: > Ram: will start to extract all lha files into Ram. Now type:
Copy Ram:lha_68k C:lha We simply copied the right lha file (optimized with 68000 CPU) into System:C as lha

Tip: Why just C drawer ? Because it’s in the Amiga Search Path, which is used to search for when a command is launched. Look at this scheme for further details (image taken from wikipedia DosFig3-2

lha x Installer-43_3.lha Ram: > Copy Ram:Installer43_3/Installer C: We have now copied Installer Program.

Tip: Installer is a script program required for installing many Amiga programs.

Clean the Ram by typing:



  1. Sorry but these instructions are made for someone who knows the ins and outs of these programs. Just like the Linux people who write unintelligible instructions. I gave up on this crap 4 yrs ago. Came back hoping that someone who knows how to write had done a better job but after trying I give up. I am not a dummy I worked for Microprose back in the 80s. Maybe i am too fucking old to even try.

  2. You’re right JS Rich. I’ve been making games for more than 25 years and it utterly baffles me how these retards seem to go out of their way to obfuscate even the most simple tasks. I’m sure it’s related to the rampant attention whoring metal illness we’re witnessing around the globe. “Look at me! See how clever I am!! I know all this pretentious superfluous BS!! I’m so tech-savvy!”
    ..sigh.. What a waste of atoms they really are.

  3. I followed it just fine. I find it hard to believe someone who worked for Microprose and someone who’s been making games for more than 25 years would not know their way around AmigaOS. I call horse manure on both posts.

    Well done, fstarred, this tutorial has been most helpful in setting up my CF card which will go in my A1200 when my IDE-CF converter arrives.

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